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Ala. Dept. of Public Health Launches Online Infection Database

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- The public now has access to some of the information reported by Alabama hospitals about healthcare-associated infections.

The Legislature passed a law in 2009 requiring hospitals to report infection information to the Alabama Department of Public Health. Now, the department has started putting that information online at: http://www.adph.org/hai

The online reporting is beginning with a few types of infections, including surgical site infections of the colon and abdomen and catheter-associated urinary tract infections.

State Health Officer Don Williamson said Thursday the information should not take the place of patients and doctors discussing the choice of a hospital.


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